Marc Lamont Hill

    Back to School and Childhood Obesity – The Struggle Continues

    Posted September 6th, 2012 by

    In April, I wrote a piece about the balance between personal choices and public policy in the battle to stem the deadly obesity crisis. Since that time, a lot has happened to educate and raise public awareness about junk food, regulate public consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages, and tackle the specific crisis of childhood obesity.

    Just last week an important documentary on African-American cuisine, Soul Food Junkies premiered in New York City and recently PBS ran the ground-breaking series The Weight of the Nation. These education and awareness tools are growing conversation in communities across America and people are getting the information they need to make better choices. At the same time, advocates and activists are pushing for stronger regulations for the foods sold in supermarkets and served at restaurants and schools.

    Nearly 23 million children in the United States are overweight or obese putting them at greater risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and type II diabetes. This year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has improved the nutritional guidelines for school meals across the country. And, while this is a great step, children still have access to junk food through the presence of vending machines and a la carte lines.

    Everyone agrees that children need to eat healthier, but there are differing opinions about whether or not stronger regulation on what is sold to kids in school will have an impact. Here is some food for thought:

    The Archives for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine published a report from Bridging the Gap which showed that children who lived in states that regulated their access to junk food in school consumed less calories overall and gained less weight than their peers in states with no regulations. In fact, a Pew report on California’s ban on junk food showed that children did not make up for the empty calories banned in school by consuming more junk food at home. This has prompted advocates to continue to push for strong guidelines on the snack foods sold in schools.

    We’ve all got a role to play in improving the health of our communities. The struggle continues.

    This post is part of the MomsRising “Making the School Day Healthier” Blog Carnival headlined by Top Chef Lorena Garcia.”

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    October 10, 2012 at 4:45 am by Childhood Obesity

    Great tips!!! Obesity is one of the most severe problems in North America and there are many childhood obesity steps that can helps us in many ways. You should more control of the food intake of your children.

    Sleep is very important way of obesity but children s shouldn’t more sleep, it’s not good for them.

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    September 22, 2012 at 11:34 pm by Dads Do Good

    Along the same lines, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that per school exercise makes significant improvement in overall performance of the kid. The BOKS program is being used in many Boston area schools and I am proud to host a fitness event with them.

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    Anita Reply:

    Very interesting. Would love to hear more about school exercise and overall student performance.

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